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How does the OSIRIS-REx Mission of NASA help to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth? Explain.

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6. How does the OSIRIS-REx Mission of NASA help to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth? Explain.  (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

On May 11, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will depart asteroid Bennu, and start its two-year long journey back to Earth. OSIRIS-REx is NASA’s first mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey its surface and collect a sample from it. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in what way the OSIRIS-REx Mission of NASA help to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with what NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission is about.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Explain what the OSIRIS-REx mission is. This is NASA’s first mission meant to return a sample from the ancient asteroid. The mission is essentially a seven-year-long voyage and will conclude when at least 60 grams of samples are delivered back to the Earth. As per NASA, the mission promises to bring the largest amount of extraterrestrial material back to our planet since the Apollo era.

Scientists will use the asteroid samples to study the formation of the solar system and of habitable planets such as Earth. NASA will also distribute a part of the samples to laboratories worldwide and will reserve about 75 per cent of the samples for future generations who can study it with technologies not yet created.

Conclusion:

Conclude with its importance.